Artistic: Southwest Florida Symphony

Posted on: May 18, 2012

The Southwest Florida Symphony, based in Fort Myers, has announced the appointment of LEIF BJALAND as artistic advisor for the 2012-13 season. He is currently music director of the Waterbury (Conn.) Symphony Orchestra, and recently concluded fifteen years as music director of Florida’s Sarasota Orchestra. Bjaland’s background also includes four years as resident conductor and artistic coordinator of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach., Fla.) beginning in 1989.  He has guest conducted the New Zealand Symphony and numerous U.S. orchestras including the Akron, Colorado, Detroit, Fort Worth, Madison, Nashville, National, and Utah symphonies, as well as the Florida, Louisiana, and Rochester philharmonic orchestras. Bjaland holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Gustav Meier and Elizabeth A.H. Green.  

Posted May 18, 2012